Marzocchi 55R suspension fork review£399.95

Simple, succulent and super-reliable

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Marzocchi’s 55R is a simple, succulent and super-reliable long-travel fork for not a lot of money, making a great choice for hard-up hard riders. The 35mm stanchion chassis is the same as other forks in the 55 family but inside are coil springs and lots of open bath lubing and damping oil.

This makes it seriously heavy, but the upside of all that oil and the soft springs is a super-supple, richly lubricated stroke that Hoovers up small bumps incredibly well for extra traction. You do need to get the squelchy sounding rebound dialled in well to keep it under control on the return, but in terms of smoothness for price it’s outstanding. It’s also easy to adjust stroke progression just by altering the oil levels. Simplicity also means excellent reliability making it a true fit-and-forget fork.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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